Buying a Business in Georgia
Buying a business can be an advantageous investment for both individuals and companies. However, the transaction is much more complicated than a normal purchase.
Federal and Georgia law concerning mergers, acquisitions, negotiations and securities exchange sometimes come into play during the purchase of a business
What Parts of the Business Am I Buying?
If a party wants to direct business operations, the best way is to acquire a right called "control". With control of a business, the party acquires all assets and the customer base of the business, plus it also assumed the company's debts. A complete picture of the financial position of the business is important for the buyer to make his decision. This picture is gained through a process called "due diligence". Through due diligence, federal and Georgia guidelines are used to inform both parties, and there may be legal consequences for not following these guidelines properly. Following the process of due diligence dutifully is the best way to inform oneself for whether to buy a business. Also if the business is eventually bought, transfers of ownership happen much more easily once the process is followed.
How Much Will the Business Cost?
The price of a business mostly depends on how much ownership stake is required for control. The value of the business property and the type of business are also important factors. The process for how the right of control can be transferred or modified is defined by specific laws in Georgia. Procedures may make buying a business more or less expensive than simply the market value of its assets.
How Can a Palmetto Attorney Help?
There are unique requirements in Georgia that a party purchasing a business must fulfill. In Palmetto, an attorney knowledgeable in Georgia law can inform you about the peculiarities of your investment and outline the cheapest way for you to purchase control.